Back in 1989, Savannah neuropsychologist Dr. Bill Dickinson made an investment in a new daiquiri bar and restaurant on River Street. Two years later he bought out his partners and started expanding the business. Today, there are 15 Wet Willie’s locations in the U.S. and counting, with three right here in Savannah/Tybee.
The secret to Wet Willie’s success? Potent, tasty frozen drinks with clever names and fresh ingredients, and great food to help ward off brain freezes.
The aptly named “Call a Cab” cocktail features strawberry and cherry flavors with 1900 proof grain alcohol and Bacardi Rum. The “Bahama Mama” is a blend of vanilla ice cream, banana, coconut, raspberry and two types of Bacardi rum. The “Shock Treatment” is lemonade, Blue Curaco and grain alcohol.
Wet Willie’s offers an array of other daiquiris such as Strawberry, Peach, Pina Colada and Margarita. There are carb-free and sugar-free drinks, and even a “Weak Willie,” a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail. Drinks are served in handy “to-go” cups, so you can take one with you as you stroll along the riverfront and Savannah’s historic downtown.
Delicious food is available to accompany your cocktail, such as “Na’cho Average Nachos,” crispy corn tortilla chips piled high with homemade queso, spiced beef or grilled chicken, red beans and pickled jalapeños, and topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Their “Cheeseburger on a Stick” features three old-school sliders, melted American cheese, tomatoes and dill pickles. The “BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza” has diced chicken, smoky BBQ sauce, provolone cheese, red onions and cilantro. Wet Willie’s burgers are made from a half pound of ground sirloin and chuck. Try the “Western,” with citrus chipotle BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, Applewood bacon and crispy onion straws or the “Spicy South of the Border,” with sriracha chipotle spread, habanero pepper jack cheese and deep-fried jalapeños.
A local favorite is the Savannah Shrimp and Grits! Or, light bites include salads, a bowl of spicy Cajun gumbo, fried dill pickles, or their hot, fresh fries smothered in chili, cheddar jack cheese and scallions. But don’t stop there- the River Street and Tybee locations open at 9am with a yummy breakfast menu!
A special highlight of Wet Willie’s River Street location is First Friday Fireworks on the river the first Friday of the month at 9:30 p.m. and numerous festivals throughout the year.
101 E. River Street, on the Savannah River, open Sunday - Thursday 9am-1am and Friday - Saturday 9am-2am.
20 Jefferson Street in the fresh air City Market, open Monday - Thursday 11am-1am, Friday - Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 12:30pm-1pm.
16 Tybrisa on Tybee Island, open Sunday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12am and Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Visit www.wetwillies.com for specials, seasonal food, drinks and events!